Elizabeth Bowen Quotes About Experience, Repeat, Hurt, Alarm

Elizabeth Bowen Quotes About Experience, Repeat, Hurt, Alarm

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Elizabeth Bowen Quotes:

Experience isn’t interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.

Elizabeth Bowen

Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.

Elizabeth Bowen

The wish to lead out one’s lover must be a tribal feeling; the wish to be seen as loved is part of one’s self-respect.

Elizabeth Bowen

If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.

Elizabeth Bowen

Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.

Elizabeth Bowen

When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.

Elizabeth Bowen

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I became, and remain, my characters’ close and intent watcher: their director, never. Their creator I cannot feel that I was, or am.

Elizabeth Bowen
Elizabeth Bowen
Source: The Times

Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.

Elizabeth Bowen

That is partly why women marry – to keep up the fiction of being in the hub of things.

Elizabeth Bowen

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.

Elizabeth Bowen

The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet – when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all round.

Elizabeth Bowen

We are minor in everything but our passions.

Elizabeth Bowen

Never to lie is to have no lock on your door, you are never wholly alone.

Elizabeth Bowen

All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.

Elizabeth Bowen

Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.

Elizabeth Bowen

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.

Elizabeth Bowen

Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.

Elizabeth Bowen

The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.

Elizabeth Bowen

The best that an individual can do is to concentrate on what he or she can do, in the course of a burning effort to do it better.

Elizabeth Bowen

Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.

Elizabeth Bowen

Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.

Elizabeth Bowen

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Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought.

Elizabeth Bowen

If a theme or idea is too near the surface, the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.

Elizabeth Bowen

Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it.

Elizabeth Bowen

Who is ever adequate? We all create situations each other can’t live up to, then break our hearts at them because they don’t.

Elizabeth Bowen

Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one’s outlook; it only confirms one’s idea that one is unique.

Elizabeth Bowen

I think the main thing, don’t you, is to keep the show on the road.

Elizabeth Bowen

There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.

Elizabeth Bowen

The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.

Elizabeth Bowen

Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.

Elizabeth Bowen

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.

Elizabeth Bowen

It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.

Elizabeth Bowen

Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk.

Elizabeth Bowen

Education is not so important as people think.

Elizabeth Bowen

Ireland is a great country to die or be married in.

Elizabeth Bowen

Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world war both have their start in the heated brain.

Elizabeth Bowen

Who is Elizabeth Bowen?

Elizabeth Bowen CBE was an Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer who was best known for her fiction set in World War II London.

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